The first time I went to Kentokyocon was back in 2014 when it took place at the Clarion by Highway 64. This year, KentokyoCon took place at the Lexington Convention Center in Downtown Lexington, Kentucky. I was an artist in Continue reading →
This past weekend, I attended ACen for the first time. ACen was actually one of the first anime conventions I ever heard of, but due to scheduling conflicts, financial issues, and other whatsits, I have never successfully made it up Continue reading →
I have been going to anime conventions for nearly 10 years, I’ve done major conventions in my state, I’ve road tripped to other parts of the country for cons, and I’ve even thrown my hand in at working for cons. I may not be a convention expert, but I have experience.
Anime Midwest is one of the few anime conventions I attended in the past year, others in the schedule being skipped to focus on work or family. Anime Midwest is the right combination of local and within my budget. This year it also was a perfect chance for me to spend time with friends.
Are side games important to the main series? The short answer? Yes.
The long answer? Well, that’s where it gets a bit complicated. Everyone has their own opinion about side games, but most seem to settle around the consensus that yes, side games are important and necessary in their own ways.
Everyone has their goals when attending a convention, a concert, or any public place known for fandoms. Some fans just want to purchase merchandise relating to their favourite anime, television show, music, movies, etc., and others aim to meet the Continue reading →
Deanne and I were riding in a shuttle bus to our hotel the first night of ACen 2016. We had gotten our badges, wandered around the vendor hall, and made plans to change outfits before heading back out for some panel sessions. We eagerly waited for our shuttle bus driver to pick us up.
Deanne and I were dressed fairly “normal” in comparison to many convention goers that day. Shortly after getting in the bus, we drove past many ACen attendees wearing various cosplays from their favorite anime and such. Almost immediately after seeing these cosplayers, the bus driver turns to us and says: “What scares me, is these kids will be running the country in 20 years.”
Gary Con is a unique convention completely devoted to table top gaming. Their website header boasts of being “one of the best kept secrets in gaming.” And it really is when you think of the fact that most Wisconsin residents don’t even know that Lake Geneva is where the magic that is Dungeons & Dragons began. Gary Con is aptly named for the Father of Role Playing Games, E. Gary Gygax. What began as a humble gathering of family and friends to play games in his honor following his March 4, 2008 passing has become quite the pilgrimage for gamers across the globe.
Anime Weekend Atlanta is a 4 day anime convention that takes place at the Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, GA at the end of September, it consist of anime, manga, video games and, special guest from Japan. Since AWA turned 21 this year the theme was Vegas nights, everything from the badges, booklets, and decals with even anime inspired drinks.
This year was the first year that the Memphis Gaming Expo was held, and it took place on August 15th, 2015 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. I attended as a vendor with my crafting project, Continue reading →
Mechacon 2015 was absolutely spectacular! It’s a 3 day convention that’s held in the summer, in New Orleans,LA. There were tons of special guest and things to do! From Scavenger and Droid Hunts to Cosplay Contest and panels. There were people from all walks of life gathered in unity with a common interest in geek culture. If you’re a fan of anime, Sci-fi, video games, comic books, art or whatever-you owe it to yourself to attend!
Anime Blues Con V was held this year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown, Memphis, Tennessee, from July 10th-12th. Within walking distance of the historic Main Street district, the newly opened Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid, and the Sheraton Hotel, the location of the Cook Convention center offered convenience for congoers on foot. Parking was plentiful and offered at various rates for full weekend and daily needs. Pre registered and VIP weekend passes were sold online, and daily badges were available for pickup at the registration desk. The weekend pass was the best offer for your money if you planed on attending all three days. Anime Blues Con had a record breaking attendance this year of over 4,000 people that showed just how much ABC has grown over the last 5 years. I was glad to see that con policies included a zero tolerance harassment policy, and an open door policy with Con Chair George Min for addressing any issues that arose.
Since Anime Midwest’s debut in 2011, many con-goers have been comparing it to other conventions, local to Rosemont. But really, the past few years have shown Anime Midwest as its own, much broader convention type.
Huntsville and Madison Anime Convention also known as Hamacon is located in downtown Huntsville at the Von Braun Convention Center. The con this year was held on the last weekend of June. The same weekend a Jehovah Witness Continue reading →